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Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Favola String Quartet, won the Grand Prize and First Prize at the 7th Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Congratulations to Christina, Haeni Lee (violin), Nick Hammel (violin) and Ruben Balboa III (viola), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Sandy Yamamoto.

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CANCELED… Due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, South by Southwest has been canceled.

Presented by South by Southwest, KMFA and Golden Hornet, the 6th Annual ATX Composers Showcase at SXSW 2020 will take place at the Parker Jazz Club on March 18th beginning at 8pm. The lineup includes Mother Falcon with Diana Burgess (BM ’15) and Tetractys with Matthew Armbruster (MM ’16) and James Burch (DMA ’16):

8:00 p.m. – Kraken Quartet

9:00 p.m. – Kompas Trio

10:00 p.m. – Invoke

11:00 p.m. – Graham Reynolds

12:00 a.m. – Mother Falcon

1:00 a.m. – Tetractys

Tickets are $5 at the the door or free with a SXSW Music badge or wristband. For more information, visit SXSW, KMFA or the Golden Hornet.

Hyugrai “Ray” Kim (DMA ’19) has been offered the position of Assistant Principal Cello in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Ray was only one of two cellists selected to advance to the Final Round of auditions. Led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 83-member Nashville Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually and is one of the most active recording orchestras in the US, with 29 releases on Naxos, earning a total of 13 GRAMMY® Awards and 24 nominations.

Congratulations, Ray!

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Seulki Lee (DMA ’19) has won a Section Cello position in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1997, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Petronas Philharmonic Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its orchestra members comprises musicians from 24 countries, including 7 from Malaysia, a remarkable example of harmony among different cultures and nationalities.

The MPO regularly performs at major cities of Malaysia. Internationally, it has showcased its virtuosity to audiences in Singapore (1999, 2001 and 2005), Korea (2001), Australia (2004), China (2006), Taiwan (2007), Japan (2001 and 2009) and Vietnam (2013). Its Education and Outreach Programme, ENCOUNTER, reaches beyond the concert platform to develop musical awareness, appreciation and skills through dedicated activities that include instrumental lessons, workshops and school concerts. ENCOUNTER also presents memorable events in such diverse venues as orphanages, hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community centres.

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Earlier this week, Hyugrai “Ray” Kim (DMA ’19) advanced to the final round of auditions for the position of Assistant Principal Cello in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ray was one of four Finalists and one of three to advance to the Chamber Music segment of the finals. Now in its 46th season, and led by music director Ken-David Masur, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform more than 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Congratulations, Ray!

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Next Thursday, December 12, Eunhye Lim (AD ’18) and her Fidelis Piano Trio headline the Austin Chamber Music Center’s event, Beethoven’s Birthday, a special thank-you to ACMC donors and sponsors that will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live chamber music. Eunhye and her colleagues will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3. All who have given $125 or more this year receive an invitation.

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Next Friday, December 6, Diana Burgess (BM ’15), as member of Mother Falcon, appears at the Austin Trail of Lights’ annual “Night Lights” Preview Party, an exclusive evening kicking off the Austin Trail of Lights 2019 season. Enjoy Austin’s favorite holiday event with a little extra sparkle, and support the Trail of Lights Foundation while you’re at it. Ticket proceeds from Night Lights ticket sales go directly back to the Austin Trail of Lights,

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This Saturday, November 23, at 8:00pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Tetractys kicks off its 5th season with a bang featuring a Composer Portrait of legendary New York composer and new Austin resident, Annie Gosfield. Joining Tetractys co-founders Matthew Armbruster (MM ’16) and James Burch (DMA ’16) in performing Ms. Gosfield’s works are three other string players and three percussionists.

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On Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 7:30 PM, Seth Russell (DMA ’20) returns to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to perform the Cassado Suite for Solo Cello in the 2019 New York International Artists Competition Winners Showcase. For ticket, venue and more information, visit

Lauren Peacock (MM ’16) has won the Assistant Principal Cello position in the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1921 by a group of volunteer musicians, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has since evolved and grown into the state’s only full-time professional orchestra, passionately pushing the boundaries of music through concert, education, and creativity.

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